Amnesty International calls for fair probe into Pulwama massacre
NEW DELHI (KMS) – The world human rights watchdog Amnesty International has demanded a thorough and independent investigation into the massacre of civilians by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.
Asmita Basu, the Programs Director of Amnesty India in a statement in New Delhi said, “Authorities must conduct a full and independent investigation into the incident, and those responsible must be prosecuted in a civilian court of law.”
Basu said: “The intentional use of firearms should be done only when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life, and law enforcement officials should distinguish between persons engaging in violence and peaceful demonstrators.”
As many as 14 Kashmiris were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation and in direct firing on protesters in Sirnoo area of Pulwama district on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir has directed the authorities to file a ‘factual’ report into the killing of civilians in Pulwama district.
Acting on a complaint filed by rights activist and Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo into the killings, the commission issued an order which stated: “…notice along with copy of complaint to commissioner secretary Home Department, DGP JK, DC Pulwama and SSP Pulwama for submitting the factual detailed report in the matter by or before the next date of hearing.”
The petitioner urged the commission to constitute an independent team for investigation into the massacre.
Meanwhile, a strike is being observed against the atrocities of Indian troops on the call of the Hurriyat leaders.
Several people were injured when the occupied forces tear-gassed peaceful march.